Love Lies - Khalid & Normani




The Experience: I need a lover to trust... but what is love and how do you know if it can be trusted...

Music video: Khalid plays a valet and Normani a celebrity. They have something going and judging by their texts it seems they're planning on spending the night together. But in the end their favorite room is actually just their favorite window where she dances for him. Love lies: there's not much of a relationship here. Love lies: what little relationship there is, is physical appeal. Love doesn't lie: even that physical appeal is just acting out from the safety of a different room and floor.

The Meaning of Love Lies: Two elements - one deep, one shallow - crisscross their way through the title and the song itself. Deep: love is a choice and you need to respect that freedom - don't be afraid to tell me if you ain't with it and you've got some sh-t to say and I'm here to listen. Shallow: Khalid and Normani offer only one affirmative response - sex - Baby you gon' make me overnight it, tell me, are you down?  Not that sex itself is superficial... but the question "Do you love me?" requires a deeper and more complete answer. If sex is your only response, it's easier for that answer to truly be a lie.

Ask yourself: How do you judge the value of the words "I love you" if love can mean so many and very different things? 

Soundtrack: Love, Simon (2018)

LYRICS:


[Khalid]
Sorry if it's hard to catch my vibe, mmm
I need a lover to trust, tell me you're on my side
Are you down for the ride?
It's not easy for someone to catch my eye
But I've been waitin' for you for my whole damn life
For my whole lifetime

Don't be afraid to tell me if you ain't with it (you ain't with it)
I see you're focused, yeah you're so independent (independent)
It's hard for me to open up, I'll admit it (I'll admit it)
You've got some shit to say and I'm here to listen

[Khalid and Normani Kordei]
So baby, tell me where your love lies
Waste the day and spend the night
Underneath the sunrise
Show me where your love lies

[Normani Kordei]
I've been so into your mystery
Is it because of our history?
Are you into me?
When it feels so good, but it's bad for you
Can't say I don't want it 'cause I know I do
Come on over, I need your company
Cravin' that synergy

Don't be afraid to tell me if you ain't with it (you ain't with it)
I see you're focused, yeah, you're so independent (independent)
It's hard for me to open up, I'll admit it (I'll admit it)
You've got some shit to say and I'm here to listen

[Khalid and Normani Kordei]
So baby, tell me where your love lies
Waste the day and spend the night
Underneath the sunrise
Show me where your love lies
Tell me where your love lies
Waste the day and spend the night
Underneath the sunrise
Show me where your love lies

If you're down, don't hide it
Feelin' me, you don't gotta deny it
Baby you gon' make me overnight it
Tell me, are you down?
If you're down, don't hide it (yeah)
Feelin' me, you don't gotta deny it (yeah)
Baby you gon' make me overnight it
Tell me, are you down? (Tell me)

Tell me where your love lies (tell me where your love lies)
Waste the day and spend the night (waste the day, spend the night)
Underneath the sunrise (underneath the sunrise)
Show me where your love lies (tell me where your love lies)
Tell me where your love lies (show me where your love lies)
Waste the day and spend the night (yeah, yeah)
Underneath the sunrise (ooh)
Show me where your love lies


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin
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